Relatives search for dead after stampede at Hindu festival

Relatives view photos of the dead at a morgue in Allahabad. Photo: AFP

Anxious relatives searched for missing family members in northern India on Sunday after a stampede killed 36 people during one of the world's largest religious gatherings, as the emergency services came under fire for their handling of the tragedy.

Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 7:01am

Tens of millions of Hindus bathe in Ganges for Kumbh Mela festival

Indian Hindu holy men, some covered in ash, walk in procession after bathing at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges. Photo: AP

Ash-smeared naked saints led the ritual bathing before dawn - which is said to cleanse pilgrims of their sins - with millions following them into the swirling river waters at the festival site in Allahabad in northern India.

10 Feb 2013 - 1:50pm

Pilgrims flock to the Ganges for world’s biggest festival

Hindu holy men run towards Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati for a dip. Photo: AP

Upwards of a million elated Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a bracing plunge in India’s sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins on Monday.

14 Jan 2013 - 5:52pm

Letters to the Editor, January 2, 2013

Roosevelt's vital reforms were scrapped. Photo: SCMP

Democracy in the workplace is important

Former World Bank chief economist Justin Lin Yifu's book, The Quest for Prosperity, reviewed by Clive Crook ("A middle way around the economic errors of the past", December 24) suggests that the "structuralism" of the Soviet Union failed because of "isolation from global markets".

2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am 1 comment

Learning Curve: Diwali a spiritual celebration

Learning Curve: Diwali a spiritual celebration

The four days of this year's Diwali celebrations begin today. Diwali, a contraction of Deepavali, is known as the festival of lights. One the most popular South Asian festivals, it's a Hindu celebration of the triumph of good over evil that is also observed by Jains and Sikhs.

11 Nov 2012 - 10:54am

Briefs, October 26, 2012

Curfew imposed after clashes during festival

26 Oct 2012 - 3:02am

Letters to the Editor, October 19, 2012

Recycling mooncake tins is a good start. Photo: David Wong

Safety at sea tightened after ferry tragedy

I refer to the letter from Vanessa Ng ("Government can learn from tragedy", October 16).

19 Oct 2012 - 2:12am 3 comments

Animals on pedestals

In October, Nepal holds a colourful five-day festival known as Tihar. While Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali - the festival of lights - in the name of the goddess Lakshmi, Nepal adds in more days and elements.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Structured city

For a town that loves real estate, property related news is creating even more headlines than usual. The rumpus surrounding illegal structures is affecting homes everywhere, but the core of the issue is about ensuring the safety of buildings, which is of paramount importance.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Secret passions

For years, Manil Suri wrote in secret. Fearing disapproval from his fellow mathematics professors if they discovered he spent his leisure time writing fiction, Suri attended writing courses clandestinely while establishing himself as a tenured academic at the University of Maryland.

29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Devils in detail

The Bangkok heat is almost unbearable. 'This is nothing,' says the devil. 'Just wait until the hot season - now that's real torture!' An apprentice gremlin nods in agreement.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Islanders hazy on conference goals but hope it draws tourists

As the world's attention zooms in on Bali for the UN climate change conference, many residents of the island remain blissfully ignorant of the event's significance - but say that at least it will be good for tourism.

The conference will bring together 15,000 participants from 190 nations.

3 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Hindus furious over plan to demolish temple

About 60 Hindus - men, women and children - huddle inside a Hindu temple in Kampung Jawa, a depressed hamlet about 30km south of the capital, as dozens of armed police watch and wait.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Travellers stick to plans, but will tread with caution

Despite the terrorist blasts casting a shadow over holidaymakers' plans in Bali, some tourists, including a couple on their honeymoon, have not been deterred by the attacks.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am


Celebrate pilates

15 Apr 2005 - 12:00am